The preparations for this year's convention are well underway. The Masquerade for 2012 will have a few small changes, so I'd like to get our performers some basic information ahead of time.
First, we are going to be expanding the Masquerade staff. The program is developing and we want to have people on hand to facilitate the operations of the show, as well as help with it's material. I will be introducing our new Masquerade staffers a bit later in the year.
In 2011, we had more acts than we actually had time for. This craeted a bit of a scheduling dilemma with the following acts in the main ballroom. Anthrocon does pride itself on trying to run as close to schedule as we can. So to prevent this from happening in the future, we will be limiting the number of acts in the show. Dress reheasals on Saturday morning wiill, as always, serve as an audition. However, if there are an excess of acts, we will be limiting the performances to no more than 2 hours of performance. The determination will be made by the Masquerade staff (which is being expanded this year). There is not a way to give guidelines as to what would be cut and what would not, but some healthy advice for performers would be:
* make certain your audio tracks are clear and play well over the audio system. If the track is difficult to hear in rehearsals, we would probably not allow the act
* try to make certain that the act is clear and all actions are visible to the audience
* acts which do not register well with the Masquerade staff, or are felt to not have sufficient entertainment value, might not be allowed
* remember....universal humor or entertainment is always a good thing. Acts which have obscure references may not make the cut.
The staff would always suggest that you discuss your act with someone not involved, or not necessarily a close friend. You need honest and objective input. If someone is too close to the subject matter, they may not be able to give you an unbiased opinion. You are always free to ask questions of the Masquerade staff or seek guidance for developing an act. I would encourage you to do so. We want the overall performance, and your own act, to be the very best that they can be.
Programming and Masquerade Director
"You are always free to ask questions of the Masquerade staff or seek guidance for developing an act."
And by Masquerade staff he means ask him or JR. Asking me for advice would probably result in explosions.
Well, not really. It's just that every answer will be the same: "NOOOOOO!!!!"
How does one audition or input their idea? Just show up saturday morning or is there a longer process involved?
I sent an Email a while ago. When can I expect a reply?
Since I am bad at writing scripts, I am still interested in doing something up for a skit, how long do I have before I register for the masquerade ?
The sooner, the better. The faster you get information to the Masquerade staff, the quicker we can get back to you to help you develop your act.
sounds good, I'll fire something off to you sometime after my local meet tonight, then we could try and develop it, I am not much a writer but I will have to hit up a friend and remind him that he has to do submit his idea soon.
I been a bit busy as of late, but I'll jump on Word right now and type it up. Danruk is also going to lend some reccomendations to improve it, since I really am nt a writer. If the idea isn't accepted, then I will be available as an extra.
so will I actually get a response to my inquiry this year?
I submitte an idea for a song parody last year and got no response.
I'm sure someone has done my song by now
What is the song? We also are trying to be very broad with the material...there are some VERY exciting things happening this year....so there may be a lot of competition for the available performance times.
I've quickly sent a script for mine but don't have an ending for it and need some help.
I'm really anticipating being a bigger and more awesome part of masqerade show.
mines sent in ... well sent in a few days ago, hehe
I've sent in mine but didn't get a esponse, nor had a chance to change the stuff the time between emailig it and now has been quite busy for me.
Still haven't gotten a response...
and here we are approaching 2013 and I have given up on the masquerade.
Funny thing is I am retiring from the Army and would love to do something
I am also Hans_Gearbox